16th December 2020 — Parents and Grandparents at St Joseph's In the Park were still able to watch their children perform the traditional Christmas nativity. They joined the pre-school performance via Zoom in the classroom and the infant parents could watch their children on stage from the comfort and safety of home. The little ones could see their parents and grandparents join them on the screen in the classroom and occasionally couldn't resist a little wave mid performance. Each nativity was also filmed for the parents to download.
The traditional carol service moved outdoors from the usual parish church to a magical 'Carols by Candlelight' service in the school's woodland forest school setting, all lit by tea lights.
Children and staff also took part in a charity fundraising Christmas jumper day and raised over £1,250 for Save The Children. GSK have kindly matched this sum and made the total over £2,500. The school also donated new toys and presents for the Salvation Army's Christmas appeal which were delivered to the Salvation Army church in Welwyn Garden City and will be distributed to children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas gift.
The Headmaster Douglas Brown said that he was pleased that the teachers had been able to adapt the Christmas celebrations so that children and parents could still enjoy the festive season despite the Covid restrictions. "Thanks to the hard work, dedication and commitment of the staff, we have kept the school days as normal as possible for children and parents and we have enjoyed the magic of Christmas at the end of term."